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Buffalo Orthopedic Practice Honored by Sonex Health as First Center of Excellence for Carpal Tunnel Release with Ultrasound Guidance

Dec 17th, 2019

Dr. Paul Paterson’s orthopedic surgery practice at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Ambulatory Care Center, Buffalo, has been selected by Sonex Health, Inc. as the first Center of Excellence for carpal tunnel release using the SX-One MicroKnife® and real-time ultrasound guidance.

Dr. Paterson has performed more than a thousand of these procedures since March 2017. The procedure is done in the clinic or a procedure room with local anesthesia. A small incision is made in the wrist, which is usually closed with adhesive strips or a bandage. “A lot of patients have heard of the trials and tribulations of their family and friends having carpal tunnel procedures and being sore for a long time, so they haven’t sought help,” said Dr. Paterson. “Our patients find it incredible that we can do this procedure in minutes and get them back to work in a few days.”

“Dr. Paterson’s practice at the ECMC Ambulatory Care Center is the first clinic in the country we’ve selected as a Center of Excellence,” said Dr. Jay Smith, Chief Medical Officer at Sonex Health. “Our decision was based on Dr. Paterson’s demonstrated expertise in carpal tunnel release using the SX-One MicroKnife and ultrasound guidance, the achievement of outstanding patient outcomes, and his commitment to improving the patient experience.”

“This commitment includes tracking surgical outcomes and conducting regular community education for people with carpal tunnel syndrome,” Dr. Smith added. Those interested in attending an education seminar can register on Dr. Paterson’s website at http://www.gppconline.com/paul-paterson-md.

An estimated 12 million adults in the United States suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a nerve disorder that causes numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands and fingers. Left untreated, CTS can cause long-term damage and debilitation. It has been estimated that more than 6 million of these patients have failed conservative treatment and been recommended for carpal tunnel release surgery, yet only 650,000 procedures are performed each year. The most common reasons for declining CTR surgery are fear of the surgery and concerns about the recovery time1,2 . Providing a solution that can address these concerns will help to close the treatment gap and improve patient’s quality of life.

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ABOUT DR. PAUL PATERSON
Paul Paterson, M.D., is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon who practices in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Paterson specializes in upper extremity conditions from the fingertips to the shoulder and is dedicated to using new surgical techniques to improve his patients’ quality of life. A graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Paul Paterson completed a hand and upper extremity fellowship at Harvard University.

ABOUT THE ECMC AMBULATORY CARE CENTER
The ECMC Ambulatory Care Center is part of the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), the primary teaching hospital for the University at Buffalo. The ECMC Ambulatory Care Center places dedicated nurses and staff and all pre- and post-operative care services in one central location. For more information, please visit Dr. Paterson’s website at http://www.gppconline.com/paulpaterson-md. Dr. Paterson can be reached at ppaterson@gppconline.com and 1.716.308.8999.

ABOUT SONEX HEALTH
Founded in 2014, Sonex Health’s mission is to be the world leader in micro-invasive, ultrasound guided surgery by delivering physicians innovative therapies that reduce invasiveness, improve safety, and reduce the cost of care. With a strong focus on entrapment neuropathy, Sonex Health’s first proprietary technology – developed by physicians at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic – is the SX-One Micro-Knife®, which may be utilized in conjunction with ultrasound guidance to perform carpal tunnel release. For information about Sonex Health and the SX-One MicroKnife, please visit www.sonexhealth.com.

Clinical Studies on Ultrasound Guided Carpal Tunnel Release

Henning PT, Yang L, Awan T, Lueders D, Pourcho AM. Minimally Invasive Ultrasound-Guided Carpal Tunnel Release: Preliminary Clinical Results. J Ultrasound Med. 2018;37(11):2699-2706.

Rojo-Manaute JM, Capa-Grasa A, Chana-Rodríguez F, et al. Ultra-Minimally Invasive Ultrasound-Guided Carpal Tunnel Release: A Randomized Clinical Trial. J Ultrasound Med. 2016;35(6):1149-1157.

Chappell CD, Beckman JP, Baird BC, Takke AV. Ultrasound (US) Changes in the Median Nerve Cross-sectional Area After Microinvasive USGuided Carpal Tunnel Release. J Ultrasound Med. 2019; doi: 10.1002/jum.15146 (e-published ahead of print on 2019 Oct 29).

Joseph AE, Leiby BM, Beckman JP. Clinical Results of Ultrasound-Guided Carpal Tunnel Release Performed by a Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician. J Ultrasound Med. 2019; doi: 10.1002/jum.15120 (e-published ahead of print on 2019 Aug 26).

1. Gong et al. Factors effecting willingness to undergo carpal tunnel release JBJS 2009
2. Sonex Health Market Research “Why not Undergo CTR?”